Our museums take a close look at the heart of our work—language, culture, and Bible translation. Come trace the history of writing. Or study a Mexican president who deeply valued minority languages. 

Want to bring your class, club, or church group? We’ll give you a guided tour. Just contact us at least a few days in advance.

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  • Hours  

    Museum of the Alphabet  Monday–Saturday, 

    9 am–4 pm

    Mexico-Cardenas Museum      Monday-Saturday,

    9 am-4 pm  

    Closed major holidays. ?

  • Location

    6409 Davis Road
    Waxhaw NC  28173

  • Cost


Museum of the Alphabet

Where did writing begin? And who created our alphabets? Trace the history of writing systems, from the ancient world to today. See maps, paintings, and sculptures. Take quizzes. Examine a copy of the Rosetta Stone, a 150-year-old Torah scroll, and a handmade lyre. (Music is a language, too!) You can also print your name in Arabic, Assyrian, Hebrew, and Punjabi.

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Exterior of the Museum of the Alphabet

Mexico-Cárdenas Museum

Absorb yourself in Mexican culture with folk art, photos, artifacts, and clothing. Along the way, you’ll learn about Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico’s president from 1934 to 1940. He was close friends with our founder, Cameron Townsend, who led early efforts to study Mexican languages. He even gave Townsend a 1938 Chevrolet; see it parked right in the museum.


Exterior of Mexico-Cárdenas Museum